Do Arpeggios And CAGED Work Together?

If you've been reading up on the many lessons relating to scales on this site, you will most likely know the importance of learning scales in five positions (known as the CAGED system). By learning scales in five positions, we cover the entire fretboard, which allows us to play any given scale no matter what position we are in. But what about arpeggios? Do they work in the same way? … [Read more...]

Diminished Arpeggios on the Guitar

The diminished arpeggio contains the following: 1 - b3 - b5 There is a minor 3rd interval between the 1 and b3. There is also a minor 3rd interval between the b3 and b5. Let's look at the five movable shapes for the diminished arpeggio. … [Read more...]

Augmented Arpeggios on the Guitar

The Augmented arpeggio contains the following: 1 - 3 - #5 It's the 'sharp 5' that gives the augmented arpeggio its characteristic sound. We are going to look at the different positions for the augmented arpeggio, but first let's look at an interesting thing that occurs with the augmented arpeggio/chord. If we analyze the intervals of the augmented arpeggio, we find that there is a major 3rd interval (4 semitones) between each note, including from the #5 back to the 1. This means that the arpeggio/chord is symmetrical. Why is this important? Because it means that every note of the … [Read more...]

Augmented 7 Arpeggios on the Guitar

The Augmented 7 Arpeggio contains the following: 1 – 3 – #5 – b7 This arpeggio (and chord) is a type of dominant 7 chord, because it contains the natural 3rd and the flat 7th. The thing that gives it its unique sound is the sharp 5. As with all scales and arpeggios, we want to learn 5 movable shapes up and down the fretboard for the minor major 7 arpeggio. Let’s look at the 5 shapes, using G Augmented 7 as the example arpeggio: … [Read more...]

Minor Major 7 Arpeggios on the Guitar

The Minor Major 7 Arpeggio contains the following: 1 – b3 – 5 – 7 This arpeggio (and chord) is noticeable in sound because of the fact that it contains a flat 3rd (making it a minor chord/arpeggio) but also contains a natural 7 (as opposed to a flat 7). This gives the arpeggio a slightly more dissonant sound which can be used to create tension and interest. As with all scales and arpeggios, we want to learn 5 movable shapes up and down the fretboard for the minor major 7 arpeggio. Let’s look at the 5 shapes, using C minor major 7 as the example arpeggio: … [Read more...]

Using Arpeggios Over a 12 Bar Blues (Study)

In this lesson, we are going to look at a study, which involves playing arpeggios over a 12 Bar Blues. You can learn to play this study without knowing the theory behind it, but you will get the most out of this lesson if you understand the concept of arpeggios and observe how the arpeggios are being used. … [Read more...]